Our Research Centers, Labs, Institutes, and related community research programs merge the values and ethics of social work with qualitative and quantitative research methods, along with advanced program evaluation and best practices development. All of this is done as we work toward improving complex social issues and providing research-informed, innovative solutions relevant to a broad spectrum of social work settings. Our research, evaluation, and training help to foster collaborative partnerships that are designed to contribute to sustained changes to practice and policy improvements as well as to contribute to the overall well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

Research, evaluation, and research-based training at UMSSW are strong points of pride for the School and our researchers are consistently ranked among the best in the nation. Many of our researchers are national and international experts in their areas of scholarship and are sought after for consultation, training, and interviews. Their research is also often cited in scholarly journals and disseminated through other mechanisms that result in significant impact for the people and communities in which we serve. In 2022, SSW faculty and staff were awarded more than $33 million in extramural grants and contracts.

For decades, the University of Maryland School of Social Work has partnered with its surrounding communities and beyond to collaborate on grants and contracts working toward equity and justice. School of Social Work faculty, staff, students, and alumni regularly participate in community outreach programs and research projects that support a wide range of social determinants. Our MSW students are able to practice applying research-based learning in their field placements located throughout the state. Additionally, our community partners inform students, faculty, and staff about future research needs and directions.

Throughout 2023, expect to see many enhancements to this page as we work to further highlight the research and related contributions of UMSSW and develop this page to be an engaging source of information and connection. We hope that you will join us and be an active partner in helping to build our web presence.

Contact Information:

Jodi Frey, PhD, LCSW-C, CEAP
Associate Dean for Research and Professor

Trisha Brown, BS, MSC
Administrative Coordinator